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As Global Pandemic Takes Hold, Domain Registrations Continue Rise To 370 Million At End Q2: Verisign

The second quarter of 2020 saw global domain name registrations continue to rise, with an increase of 3.3 million, or 0.9%. This took total registrations around the world to 370.1 million as the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc.

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Neustar, PIR and Verisign Participate in U.S. Government Pilot To Prevent Illegal Online Sale Of Unapproved Opioids

Neustar (.us), Public Interest Registry (.org) and Verisign (.com/.net) are participating in a three month trial with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration to curb illegal online sales of unapproved opioids.

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Verisign Extends Registry Fee Freeze For All Their TLDs Till 1 August

Verisign announced last week they are extending the registry fee waiver, the one-time wholesale restore fee charged to restore to active status of a domain name registration which has been deleted by a registrar, for all their top-level domains including .com and .net, until 1 August.

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Facebook’s Libra Announcement Sees Flurry of New Domain Registrations in June

Facebook’s announcement of their new Libra cryptocurrency in mid-June had a big impact on .com and .net domain name registrations with “libra” topping the top 10 trending keywords in English registered in June for both top-level domains.

“Currency” also made it into the .com top 10 while gambling-related keywords had an impact on .net keywords with “casino”, “bet” and “poker”.

For May “coupons” and “coupon” topped the .com top 10.

The top 10 trending keywords for .com and .net registered in June 2019 were:

.COM .NET
LibraLibra
SnafuCasino
PsychedelicBet
CurrencyLong
CeramicAsera
EmployerClinic
PotteryPoker
ImpactBoat
RegenerativeLondon
ManualDust

The top 10 trending keywords for .com and .net registered in May 2019 were:

.COM .NET
couponsabuse
couponapple
finestchild
biocharphone
mushroomaccount
trialboy
shroompain
podsthai
bringlend
simplicityweed

Drug Rehab Keywords Take Out Top Spots On April .COM Trending Keywords

There were 6 keywords that related to drug addiction and rehabilitation on Verisign’s top 10 list of trending keywords for .com in April: rehab, drug, centers, alcohol, treatment and addiction. But not one of these keywords made it to the .net list.

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, Verisign note there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. In the past there has been a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

This month’s list of the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during April are below:

DNS Belgium Asks Belgians If They’ve Ever Registered A Domain Name. 5% Say Yes.

The internet is increasingly playing a part in the lives of Belgians with growing numbers enjoying the freedom it gives them, go online for entertainment and feel the internet is an essential part of their daily lives. But only 1 in 20 Belgians have ever registered a domain name.

This is all part of research conducted by InSites Consulting on behalf of DNS Belgium, the .be ccTLD registry, at the end of 2018. The research found trust is important for Belgian internet users, and .be domain names score high on that front.

When asked what were the most important factors when it comes to trusting a domain name, Belgians responded:

  1. Language of the domain name
  2. Extension of the domain name
  3. The brand of the domain name
  4. Length of the domain name.

When it came to trusting a website, an encrypted connection (https) was considered the most important, a .be domain name second and a company logo third.

When asked if they’ve ever registered at least one domain name, 5% of Belgians said they had while 95% said not. 60% understood the concept of domain names while one third (35%) said they’d consider registering a domain name in the future, the remainder said they wouldn’t.

For the top level domains Belgians register domain names in, 77% said their own country code top level domain .be, 30% said .com, 16% said .net and 13% said .eu. Following was their neighbour .nl (Netherlands – 8%), .org (7%), .fr (France – 4%), .brussels (2%), .london (1%) and others accounted for 9%.

When it comes to the reasons for registering a domain name, 43% of Belgians said for a website, 40% for website and email and 6% just email.

It also appears Belgians are registering domain names sooner in the process of developing a business or idea with 42% saying they registered a domain name “directly at the time of the idea” compared to 23% in 2017, 11% “when the business is launched” (11% in 2017) and 23% after the start (30% in 2017).

Awareness was highest with .be and .com, with both scoring awareness among over 90% of Belgians (94% and 92% respectively) while .vlaanderen and .brussels scored 27% and 19% respectively.

Belgians said they valued the freedom and entertainment the internet offered them with 70% saying they loved the freedom the internet gives them (up from 59% in 2017), 68% said they go online at home for entertainment (57% in 2017) and 67% said they “feel the internet is an essential part of their daily lives” (47% in 2017).

Belgians say they surf safely online with almost two thirds (64%) saying they “never surf to untrustworthy sites” while half (50%) “are concerned with safe internet use” and a quarter (25%) “are aware of the latest online security tools”.

Verisign 2018 Financial Results Reveal 153.0 Million .COM and .NET Domains

Verisign reported their fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results Thursday which showed 153.0 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 4.5% increase and a net increase of 1.29 million registrations in the 12 months to the end of 2018.

While Verisign doesn’t break down .com and .net registrations in their financial results, in their latest Domain Name Industry Brief for the third quarter 2018, where there were 151.7 million domains for .com and .net, 137.6 million for .com, 14.1 million for .net. Going by previous trends, it’s likely the majority if not all the increase in the fourth quarter was for .com and .net either was roughly the same or declined.

In the fourth quarter 2018, Verisign processed 9.5 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 9.0 million for the same quarter in 2017.

The final .com and .net renewal rate for the third quarter of 2018 was 74.8 percent compared with 74.4 percent for the same quarter in 2017. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

On their website Verisign publish their financial results going back to 2012. By way of comparison, in the final quarter of 2012 Verisign reported they added 1.25 million new domains and ended the fourth quarter with 121.1 million active domain names in .com and .net, representing a 6.4% increase year over year.

For the fourth quarter 2012 Verisign processed 8.0 million and 33.1 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, representing 0.9 percent and 3.0 percent increase year over year, in the fourth quarter and full year 2012 periods, respectively.

During the quarter, on 26 October, Verisign and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) entered into Amendment 35 to the Cooperative Agreement, which, among other items, permits Verisign, without further approval of the DOC, to agree with ICANN to change the .com Registry Agreement to increase wholesale prices for .com domain names up to 7% in each of the last four years of each six-year period of the .com Registry Agreement.

Financial Highlights for the quarter as reported by Verisign were:

  • Verisign ended 2018 with cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $1.27 billion, a decrease of $1.15 billion from year-end 2017.
  • Cash flow from operations was $219 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 and $698 million for the full year 2018 compared with $199 million for the same quarter in 2017 and $703 million for the full year 2017.
  • Deferred revenues on Dec. 31, 2018, totalled $1.02 billion, an increase of $19 million from year-end 2017.
  • During the fourth quarter, Verisign repurchased 1.2 million shares of its common stock for $175 million. During the full year 2018, Verisign repurchased 4.4 million shares of its common stock for $600 million.
  • Effective Feb. 7, 2019 the Board of Directors approved an additional authorisation for share repurchases of approximately $603 million of common stock, which brings the total amount to $1.0 billion authorised and available under Verisign’s share repurchase program, which has no expiration.

HEMP, With a Bit of CAVIAR, Tops .COM. and .NET Trending Keywords for December

Verisign have published their top trending keywords used in English .com and .net domain name registrations for December, and unusually the same keyword topped both .com and .net – “hemp”. It came in ninth for .com was “caviar”, which combined would be an interesting combination.

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, Verisign note there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes their monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in December 2018:

.COM .NET
hemphemp
divorcetesting
pawntaxi
dentistsstrong
smilesfriends
pilot near
securitiessend
classifiedsstep
caviareurope
stable california

Verisign’s November Trending Keywords for .COM and .NET

The number of .com and .net domain names registered around the world is a combined 151.7 million – 137.6 million for .com and 14.1 million for .net. And Verisign, the registry, published top trending keywords in English in each month for both top level domains.

Verisign notes that there can be a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends. While it’s not clear if there’s anything to glean from November’s, below is the top ten for each TLD to make up your own mind!

November 2018 TRENDING KEYWORDS

.COM

.NET

token college
trail door
custody repair
litigation garage
landing university
friday  merica
paradise thai
reverse building
divorces pool
jamaica  off

 

 

Hurricane Florence Makes Its Mark In September .COM and .NET Keywords

Verisign have released their latest list of top trending keywords in English for .com and .net registrations for the month of September. “Florence” made it to both the .com and .net lists following Hurricane Florence that brought catastrophic flooding to the Carolinas in the eastern United States in September.

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, Verisign note there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. In the past there has been a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in September 2018:

.COM

.NET

asset marijuana
organic  removal
kiosk  cane
sets titan
 plex sustain
 cane  fiber
florence double
kratom florence
 homecare damage
niagara  divine

 

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